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Only English? Impact Outcomes

Only English?

As the English Only law awaits legislative review once again in Arizona, students in the Only English? Lab joined faculty from the School of International Letters and Cultures and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to use these key questions for framing their investigation of language use, pedagogy, politics and policy in different cultural contexts.

Only English? students met with an unprecedented EIGHTEEN thought partners across the span of the semester, including a Regional English Language officer from the State Department (currently deployed in Africa), the Director of the cultural department of the Pima Maricopa Indian Community, lawyers, filmmakers, digital mapping specialists and linguistic professors from ASU, the University of Georgia and the University of California, Berkeley (view full list below).

Impact outcomes derived from the team’s multitude of research and collaborations ranged from a series of mini documentaries (developed throughout the semester) to fact sheets and letters written and shared with local legislators. In preparation for meetings with experts, students researched each collaborator, prepared questions and then engaged in robust hour-long question / answer dialogues. Scroll down to learn more about these projects and more.


Docu-Short Film Screening

Students culminated their semester long investigation in a public docu-short film screening via Zoom featuring films and podcasts on heritage languages, language and identity, culture and communication, and language loss. All have been compiled in a YouTube playlist and are viewable here.


Fact Sheets & Letters

Students wrote letters and created fact sheets regarding Only English legislation to share with their legislators in Arizona.

Click here to view all of the fact sheets and here to view all of their letters.


Student Testimonials


Thought Partners